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 Little Sisters of the Poor sue over Obamacare fines, contraception requirement

Little Sisters of the Poor sue over Obamacare fines, contraception requirement

http://m.washingtonexaminer.com/little-sisters-of-the-poor-sue-over-obamacare-fines-contraception-requirement/article/2536338

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius finalized a contraception mandate that ignores the fact groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor are religious organizations, according to a lawsuit filed to protect them against fines for refusing to comply with an Obamacare mandate.

"We cannot violate our vows by participating in the government's program to provide access to abortion-inducing drugs,” Sister Loraine Marie said of a class-action lawsuit filed against the mandate on behalf of multiple religious organizations that provide health benefits.

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which represents the plaintiffs, filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado.

The choice of jurisdiction is critical: The Colorado district court falls under the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, and thus is governed by that court's precedent in most cases.

A 10th Circuit panel ruled earlier this year that the owners of Hobby Lobby did not have to comply with the HHS mandate (that lawsuit was also filed by the Becket Fund). President Obama's attorneys have asked the Supreme Court to overturn the 10th Circuit's ruling.

“The Sisters should obviously be exempted as ‘religious employers,’ but the government has refused to expand its definition,” Becket Fund senior counsel Mark Rienzi said.

“These women just want to take care of the elderly poor without being forced to violate the faith that animates their work. The money they collect should be used to care for the poor like it always has -- and not to pay the IRS,” he said.

 2013/9/25 20:19
ginnyrose
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 Re: Little Sisters of the Poor sue over Obamacare fines, contraception requirement

I think incidents like this should serve as a warning to folks that if any one accepts any federal funds the probability of the feds coming along at some point later and imposing their will upon the group.

Years ago when the issue was up about the gov sharing funds with charitable organizations the alarm was raised about the groups losing control of their ministry, that the gov would at some point in time come along and make demands contrary to their mission. Charities were assured by officials this would not be the case.

Someone must have a short memory...





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